Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation has received a $40,000 grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust to help restore the Mill Brook at the Roth Woodlands property in Chilmark and allow fish and water to pass through the stream.

The grant will help restore a section of Mill Brook that has been plugged by two corrugated steel culverts that are undersized and improperly located. The culverts have created an impoundment on their upstream side, Sheriff’s Meadow said, and the water gets so hot in the summer that it kills fish. On the downstream side, the culverts are so high that fish cannot jump from the stream to the culvert.

With the grant, Sheriff’s Meadow will complete the design and permitting for a new concrete box culvert that will allow fish and water to pass through properly. The new culvert will also allow meet Massachusetts stream crossing guidelines.

This grant adds to other financial support for the foundation, including a $7,500 grant from the Daniels Wildlife Trust and support form the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration.

“We are thrilled to have received this generous grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust,” Sheriff’s Meadow executive director Adam Moore said. “This grant will help us to design a proper culvert for the Mill Brook, one that will allow for unimpeded passage for brook trout and other native fish.”